Learn, create, and network while solving real-life cases in UNIC Generation’s Lab in Oulu, Finland! Multidisciplinary and international groups of UNIC students and alumni will work together first virtually in May and then in person in June 2022 at the University of Oulu. The teams tackle real-life cases with the help of design thinking. The application deadline is March 27!
This program is based on the design thinking methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. During the course, participants will be solving real-life challenges in groups consisting of participants from in and outside the university, representing different generations and cultural backgrounds. The challenges are provided by companies and organizations from Oulu and UNIC partner countries. Besides the design thinking methodology, the theoretical frameworks of the course consist of art- and futures thinking techniques. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Future Fest Event and attend the UNIC CityLabs Festival.
UNIC Generations’ Lab is a Blended Intensive Program (BIP) and it consists of a virtual and physical phase.
During the virtual phase (Seminars 1-5) students are introduced to the case they will be working on and to their teams. The virtual seminars are based on the design thinking methodology and each seminar introduces one stage of the methodology. After Seminar 5 the course will continue with the physical phase on campus at the University of Oulu. Besides the seminar students are expected to have weekly group meetings and do independent work.
Students are required to complete a series of online seminars scheduled in May, as well as travel to the University of Oulu in Finland to attend the physical phase of the course for 5 days and the UNIC CityLabs Festival in June on a funded basis.
Through joining this program, the participants will:
The program is open to all Koç University bachelor’s and master’s students with (except the students in their last semester):
* Students can apply using their expired language scores as well.
Students shall be ranked according to the score they have received.
Since the BIPs shall be held during the semester, students can take a BIP within their normal course load and if they meet the necessary conditions within the framework of course overload. The total number of courses to be taken (BIP and KU courses) cannot exceed the total number of courses that a student is allowed to take in a given semester. Students who do not have the right to take courses above the normal course load shall be required to write a petition to the Faculty Board if they have a request in this regard. Students who receive a favorable response to their petition shall need to declare this in their application.
*Students who apply must have a passport with at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
*Students who apply are responsible to check and must meet the vaccination requirements of Finland. Please note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus variant travel restrictions can change rapidly. For official information please refer to the Finnish Border Guard and the Finnish institute for health and welfare.
5 students will be selected and granted funding in the initial phase. After the first five students have been placed, there might be other spots opening depending on the availability of funds, in which case students with the top scores on the waiting list will be accepted to the program.
BIPs take place within the framework of the Erasmus+ program and therefore the selected students will receive a grant to travel for the physical part of the program.
|Duration of the activity||Grant amount (Program countries or Partners)|
|Up to 14 days of activity||70 Euros per day|
|From the 15th to the 30th day of the activity||50 Euros per day|
An individual support grant can be awarded for one travel day before the activity and one travel day following the activity. OIP decides and implements this according to the availability of the relevant Erasmus+ budget. Detailed information will be provided to the selected students along with the announcement of the selection results.
An Additional Grant Support may be provided to disadvantaged participants in addition to the regular grant they will receive. In order to qualify for the said grant, the disadvantaged participant is defined as an individual with limited economic and social opportunities and who fits into the following sub-categories:
The following amounts of Additional Grant Support can be provided for short-term physical mobility to students who meet the above criteria, upon their request and provided that they document this situation in their application:
|Type of Mobility||Amount of Additional Grant Support|
|Short student mobility between 5 – 14 days||100 Euros in addition to the total daily grant|
|Short student mobility between 15 – 30 days||150 Euros in addition to the total daily grant|
|Distance||Standard Travel Grant Amount||Green Travel Grant Amount|
|10 – 99 KM||23|
|100 – 499 KM||180||210|
|500 – 1999 KM||275||320|
|2000 – 2999 KM||360||410|
|3000 – 3999 KM||530||610|
|4000 – 7999 KM||820|
|8000 KM and above||1500|
The Travel Grant for Disadvantaged Students is given based on the same criteria as in the previous section.
With the new Erasmus+ Program students are encouraged to use low-emissions means of transport for the main part of the travel, such as bus, train or car-pooling.
Students who will use these means of transport will receive a single contribution of 50 EUR as a top-up amount to the individual support and up to 4 days of extra grant to cover travel days for a return trip, if relevant.
IMPORTANT: At the end of the mobility, students are obliged to present documents (bus ticket, train ticket, etc.) proving that the green travel has taken place.
E – Erasmus Disability Grant/ Inclusion Support
Inclusion Support is available for students with disabilities and health conditions wishing to participate in a Blended Intensive Program and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. Inclusion Support is provided in order to maintain adapted accommodation, travel assistance, medical attendance, supportive equipment, adaption of learning material, an accompanying person, etc. The Inclusion Support is offered when disabilities or health conditions lead to additional mobility costs, which exceed the maximum grant allocations allowed, and which cannot be recovered from other sources. The grant covers approved actual costs.
Requirements for application:
Special Need Support Request Form must be submitted to OIP when applying for a BIP in order to be considered for the Inclusion Support. This form includes the following:
Student’s application must include;
After physical mobility: